The Fourth Department determined defendant was properly sentenced to imprisonment after a violation of probation in this felony DWI case, despite his completion of the original six-month sentence:
County Court sentenced defendant to six months of imprisonment and five years of probation on each count. Several years later, after serving the imprisonment portion of his sentence, defendant admitted that he had violated the conditions of his probation. He now appeals from a judgment that revoked his sentence of probation and sentenced him to concurrent indeterminate terms of imprisonment. * * *
Courts have held that, where a defendant is originally sentenced pursuant to section 60.21 and then later violates the terms of his or her probation or conditional discharge after fully serving his or her term of incarceration, the defendant cannot be sentenced to an additional term of incarceration without violating the rule against multiple punishments for the same offense … . Defendant thus contends that, inasmuch as he completed the imprisonment portion of his original sentence, the court was not authorized to impose an additional sentence of imprisonment upon his admission that he violated the conditions of his probation. We reject that contention.
Contrary to defendant’s contention, he was not originally sentenced to a term of imprisonment under Penal Law § 60.21 with respect to any of the three counts. That section provides, in pertinent part, that “[n]otwithstanding [section 60.01 (2) (d)], when a person is to be sentenced upon a conviction for a violation of [Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1192 (2), (2-a) or (3)], the court may sentence such person to a period of imprisonment authorized by article seventy of this title and shall sentence such person to a period of probation or conditional discharge” (§ 60.21 …). The probation or conditional discharge imposed pursuant to section 60.21 is to run consecutively to any period of imprisonment imposed pursuant to article 70. Here, however, defendant was not sentenced to a period of imprisonment pursuant to Penal Law article 70. Rather, he was sentenced on each count to a traditional split sentence pursuant to Penal Law § 60.01 (2) (d), with the period of probation running concurrently with the period of imprisonment. Thus, Penal Law § 60.21 is inapplicable to this case and does not preclude the imposition of a sentence of imprisonment upon the revocation of probation … . People v Boldt, 2020 NY Slip Op 04284, Fourth Dept 7-24-20